In recent weeks there has been speculation on the subject, but it was not until this Thursday that the news became official. FIFA announced that an increase from 23 to 26 players in the final list of the national teams to face the Qatar 2022 event was decided at the Council Table of the governing body of world football.
That is, the coaches of each nation will be able to bring three more soccer players, compared to other editions. That payroll must be submitted on November 13 of this year. Likewise, it was determined that there be a maximum of 15 substitutes and 11 members of the coaching staff.
UEFA had already adopted a similar measure last year before the European Championship in the face of the risk of contagion by COVID-19 and quarantines that threatened to reduce the workforce.
The 2022 World Cup is scheduled to take place between November 21 and December 18. The first game will be played by Senegal and the Netherlands. Then, it will be the turn of the host Qatar, which will collide with Ecuador, one of the four representatives from South America, in addition to Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.
The FIFA statement
Due to the need to retain additional flexibility due to the exceptional nature of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ dates on the international calendar, as well as the effects of the pandemic on teams before and during competitions, the Bureau has decided the following:
- The maximum number of members of the provisional list is increased from 35 to 55 footballers.
- The number of members of the final list increases to a minimum of 23 and a maximum of 26 footballers.
- The last league match that the players included in the final lists will play will be on November 13, 2022.
- A maximum of 26 people will be able to sit on the bench (up to fifteen substitutes and eleven members of the coaching staff, one of whom will be the team doctor).